The DIVA News page refers to public presentations, exhibitions, screenings, publications in Slovenia and on the international scene, connected to participations of DIVA Station Video Archive and the video artists who had contributed their video artworks to the archive. We also introduce events organised by DIVA Station (SCCA-Ljubljana) in order to promote its content and usage.
For the third time, the DIVA Station / SCCA-Ljubljana cooperated with the international short film festival FeKK. This time with a panel Production of Artificial Worlds (August 22, 2018) about VR and 360° movies and virtual reality, while visitors could also experience some VR film. With the exhibition Poetry Needs a Mirror in the Vodnikova domačija Gallery (30.8.-23.9. 2018) we focused on videopoetry. Curator Dušan Dovč chose works of extended poetic experience. more
We are particularly proud of some of the novelties in our archive. These are digital works that move in the inter-space between a short film and an art video. The dilemma about whether to speak about video art or short film seems unnecessary to younger generations, while for DIVA Station it is one of the main topics of the recent years. At DIVA on-line we have already published several such digital works of the younger generation, e.g. Coffee by Urška Djukić, Trails by Peter Cerovšek and Insider by Toni Poljanec. In 2016, in frame of the Cinema-Integral Program in Slovenian Cinematheque, we prepared the screenings and discussions with artists. We asked how much the demarcation between film and video makes sense and thematised their representative field once and today. For this reason, for example, the terms moving image, the art of projection and the screen-based media have been implemented in recent years. The question is also whether, at the time of the so-called postmodern art and digital images we can still talk about media specifics and distinctive features of these two expressive means and where to find them. On the SCCA-Ljubljana website, we have also opened a special section entitled "Between Film and Video".
In 2016, in frame of the Cinema-Integral Program in Slovenian Cinematheque, we prepared the screenings and discussions with artists. We asked how much the demarcation between film and video makes sense and thematised their representative field once and today. For this reason, for example, the terms moving image, the art of projection and the screen-based media have been implemented in recent years. The question is also whether, at the time of the so-called postmodern art and digital images we can still talk about media specifics and distinctive features of these two expressive means and where to find them. On the SCCA-Ljubljana website, we have also opened a special section entitled "Between Film and Video".
In May and June, DIVA Station traveled a lot to different European cities. In Celje, participated at the exhibition Let’s Roll Our Sleeves Up! in Likovni salon Gallery, in Zagrebat the screening of The world is obliged to live you II., at the Multimedia Center and in Warsaw at the Revisiting Heritage conference at the National Museum.
On May 9, we celebrate the Day of Victory over Fascism, each year a more up-to-date topic. We searched through the keywords of Nazism, resistance, war, discrimination in our DIVA video archive and found a great deal of works. Our choice:Mirko Simić, Anti Nazy Mix (199); Evelin Stermitz, Koncentracijsko taborišče Ljubelj (2004); Marko A. Kovačič, No More Heroes Anymore (1992).
On World Book Day, April 23, you can also read differently - in moving images. At the SCCA and with the help of video archive, we were already preparing exhibitions that linked the book and the video/fine arts. On DIVA Station video archive you can find video works that discuss reading, books, and literature. Our choice: Ksenija Čerče, fall... (2005-2008), Amir Muratović, From the Life of Books (2010/2011), Dejan Habicht, 12 Boring Poems (2013).
This is the DIVA’s hundred news! DIVA Station is proud of its nomination for the Europa Nostra Awards 2018, a European cultural heritage award. We were nominated by the Slovenian Cinematheque, which sees a lot of potential in our work and program, since we connect the cultural heritage with contemporary art. Unfortunately, this time DIVA Station is not among the winners, however, the winners will be announced in June at the European Cultural Heritage Summit in Berlin (18-24 June 2018).
At this year’s celebration of International Women's Day, we browsed through video works in our archive DIVA. We searched across the key words: activism, human rights, social gender, emancipation, feminism, resistance, desire ... and found many works. You can find the hits yourself, while we have selected for the FOCUS section below three of the outstanding women artists' performances: Maja Slavec, Woman Beauty Power Less (2008), Martina Bastarda, Mateja Ocepek, Nataša Skušek, Pissing (2002), Ana Čigon, Dear Ladies, thank you (2011).
In the Espace Apollonia gallery in Strasbourg we successfully opened the exhibition Projected Visions. From art in the urban context to fiction and dystopia (January 26 - February 25, 2018). The curator Barbara Borčić selected works that are related to urban and public space in everyday, utopian and dystopic dimensions. The exhibition also received the first media release on TV Alsace20, soon followed by a catalogue of the project e.city – Ljubljana.
The Old and the New, an authors' documentary on the Ljubljana sub-cultural scene in the 1980s, was presented in ACUD MACHT NEU in Berlin. Natalie Gravenor, a festival programmer, distributor and curator, selected it along with some music videos by Borghesia group for the series Sounding Images: Sounding Images #10: Borghesia – Industrial Music, Multimedia Art and Queer Activism in 1980s Yugoslavia.
DIVA Station each year marks the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage – 27th of October. Our goal is to emphasize the meaning of audio-visual archives as an important part of cultural heritage. This year we've been joined at the celebration in the Slovenian Cinematheque by Ursula Blickle Video Archive from Vienna. Two video programs were screened: Chance Meeting from Ursula Blickle Archiv by Claudia Slanar and The World Is Obliged to Live You from DIVA Station by Anita Budimir. The event concluded with the audio-visual project Interface Fractures IV. & V. by Luka Prinčič. more